Showroom founder retires after 24 years

A Sudbury businessman, who founded his kitchen showroom company 24 years ago, has handed the reins over to his son after retiring.

Roger Hibbert began KSL, which stands for Kitchen Showroom Limited, in Sudbury in 1989 and has overseen the company’s growth, including relocating to its current Church Field Road location in 2006.

His retirement last week, which began with a three-month motor home tour of France and Italy, sees son Richard take up the position of managing director after more than a decade with KSL.

“I have been running the design side of things for five years while dad was the overall boss,” said Richard.

“Dad and I have worked really well together. When I started, people were saying that working with family can be a nightmare but in 10 years we have only snapped at each other twice, which is pretty good.”

Roger, who worked for several other kitchen companies before starting KSL, added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working in the industry for so many years – it’s in the family blood.

“I’m delighted to hand over my much-loved business to my son and can enjoy fulfilling my ambitions knowing the company is in good hands.”

Richard already has one eye on the future of the business, which offers a range of kitchen, bathroom and interior design services and employs seven staff and eight sub-contractors.

“We are looking at expanding the types of product we offer and giving more options to our customers,” said Richard.

“We are hoping to knock through into our warehouse and move things around so we can showcase some more bathrooms. We are really focusing on our customer care and making sure they get exactly what they want.

“We want to be known as the most design-led company in the area as well as the best showroom,” he added.

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